A funeral in India took a turn for the unexpected when the supposedly deceased man who was about to be buried was very much alive.
According to The Independent, the mourners at Mohammad Furqan’s funeral were just about to prepare for his burial when they noticed he started to move.
“Devastated, we were preparing for the burial when some of us saw movement in his limbs,” Mohammad Irfan who is Mohammad Furqan’s brother said.
The truth was, Mohammad Furqan, 20, was far from being dead.
He was discovered to be in a critical condition when he was rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and put him on ventilator support.
However, he was not brain dead.
“The patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead. He has pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes are working. He has been put on ventilator support,” said Narendra Agarwal, chief medical officer in Lucknow.
When Mohammad Furqan’s has been unconscious since June 21, his family was told that he was dead on Monday when they ran out of money to pay his medical bills to a private hospital where he was treated.
“We had paid Rs 7 lakh [£8,000] to the private hospital earlier and when we told them that we had run out of money, they had declared Furqan dead,” said Muhammad Irfan.
He then was sent home on the same day by an ambulance the same day he was declared dead.
Following the incident, an investigation has been launched in the state of Uttar Pradesh as many questioned about its healthcare system.
The chief medical officer said that the incident will be “thoroughly probed.”
“We have taken cognisance of the incident and the matter will be thoroughly probed,” he said.